Why can’t we?

It was heartening to read Geoff Howard’s report (‘Wind power still the growth industry in Europe’,
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, August 21, 2012) about his recent experiences of the surging renewable energy industry in Europe. They have clearly made the decision to move from fossil fuel-dependence to a renewable energy-based future, and showing that it can be done without the sky falling in. According to the latest IPCC report, 33 countries totalling 850 million people by next year will be living with a carbon price, or tax or whatever you want to call it, including us. In terms of per capita carbon pollution, Macedon Ranges Shire has the biggest out of any shire in Victoria, which has the biggest per capita in Australia, which has the biggest on the planet. Yes we are the worst of the worst of the worst. So what can we do? Is it possible to produce our own renewable energy for our benefit? Yes, we can. Anyone who lives here knows how windy the shire is. WISE has been measuring the wind resource in the Woodend-Macedon area since last November. The final report on the viability of a community wind park has been completed and will be posted on the WISE website in the near future. The report concludes, based on site specific data and independently verified by professional wind engineers, that a wind park consisting of three 3MW turbines would produce approximately 30 GWh per year, enough energy to power 3,500 homes, and bring in about $3 million in revenue. Imagine just a fraction of that re-invested in the local community, year after year. I hope Geoff Howard also visited a small (around 2,500 people) German town called Wilpoldsried, which last year produced 321% more energy than it consumed, mainly by wind power produced from five turbines, but also including biogas and landfill gas. The town made over 2 million Euros in revenue. Why can’t we do the same thing?

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